Laser surgery uses an intense beam of light,
or laser, to burn and destroy the wart tissue. It is usually done in a doctor's
office or clinic.
Local or general anesthetic may be used, depending on
the number of
warts to be removed or the size of the area to be
What To Expect After Surgery
The wound will be painful for a few
days after laser surgery. Recovery time depends on the location and number of
After laser surgery, call your doctor if you
Bleeding that lasts longer than 1
yellowish discharge, which may mean an infection. Cleaning the wound area
helps prevent infection.
Why It Is Done
Laser surgery may be considered
Medicine has failed, and it is necessary to
remove the warts.
Warts are large or widespread.
need to be treated during pregnancy. Your doctor will recommend when treatment
should be done during pregnancy.
How Well It Works
Laser surgery may help when other treatments don't work, but it doesn't seem to work better than cryosurgery or electrosurgery.1
There is a slight risk of infection associated
with laser surgery. Signs of infection include:
Increased pain, swelling, redness, tenderness,
Red streaks extending from the area.
100°F (38°C) or higher with
no other cause.
Wolff K, Johnson RA (2009). Human papillomavirus infections. In Fitzpatrick's Color Atlas and Synopsis of Clinical Dermatology, 6th ed., pp. 787-794. New York: McGraw-Hill.
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